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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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The Handover The Handover

New Zealand
Director: David Stubbs

When a single dad returns his daughter at the end of the weekend, he seizes the opportunity for one last moment of intimacy with his ex-wife—but he soon discovers his act of transgression comes with a price.

The Handover will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

15 minutes

Happy 95th Birthday Grandpa Happy 95th Birthday Grandpa

Director: Gary Huggins

Using dreamlike recollections, director Gary Huggins presents a fleeting memory of childhood quarrels at Grandpa's party.

Happy 95th Birthday Grandpa will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

6 minutes

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Directors: Ruxandra Medrea Annonier and Serge Bromberg

In 1964, director Henri-Georges Clouzot and his gorgeous ingÉnue, actress Romy Schneider, began filming an ambitious project to revolutionize the art of cinema. Today, it languishes in film cans, unfinished and unseen. How Clouzot set about realizing his vision—and what went wrong along the way—is the subject of this fascinating doc.

French with subtitles, 102 minutes

Hidden Diary Hidden Diary


While visiting her parents in France, Audrey discovers her grandmother's diary, the only memento of a woman who abandoned her family. Audrey's search for understanding uncovers a family secret buried under 50 years of silence, and ultimately illuminates her relationship with her own mother (Catherine Deneuve) and the deep, complex bonds between three generations of women.

English, French with subtitles, 105 minutes

Hipsters Hipsters

Director: Valery Todorovsky

Moscow, 1955. Soviet uniformity is the order of the day, but incurring the wrath of all the grim-faced comrades in Russia isn't enough to stop a group of young "hipsters" from donning outrageous threads, puffing up their pompadours, pushing up their cleavage, throwing back martinis, and shakin' their hips. Could this romantic, infectiously fun musical be this year's Slumdog Millionaire?

Russian with subtitles, 125 minutes

The History of Aviation The History of Aviation

Director: Balint Kenyeres

The picnic is over and the guests are preparing to go home when a missing girl ignites a frenzy. Soon the upper-middle-class partiers, dressed in cocktail garb, are scouring the steep bluffs of Normandy.

The History of Aviation will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Hungarian with English Subtitles, 15 minutes

Horn Dog Horn Dog


The latest of Oscar® nominee Bill Plympton’s “Dog” series, Horn Dog chronicles the newest misadventure of our beloved plucky canine.

Horn Dog will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times

5 minutes

The House of the Devil The House of the Devil

Director: Ti West

A cute college girl takes a babysitting gig at a creaky country house lorded over by a creepy old couple with big plans to celebrate the night’s lunar eclipse. Desperate for cash, she agrees to stay even after she finds out there’s no baby…. Set in the mid-’80s, this simmering suspense thriller is a throwback to the retro school of slow-burn terror.

91 minutes

Hugo Television Awards: A Night of Commercials Hugo Television Awards: A Night of Commercials

The Hugo Television Awards celebrates new and exciting approaches continually influencing television programming and commercials. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival and the Hugo Television Awards, this program presents a selection of the most memorable commercials awarded throughout the history of the competition.

60 minutes